The Postdoctoral Training Program is accredited by the American Psychological Association (APA). Inquiries regarding accreditation may be addressed to the American Psychological Association’s Commission on Accreditation at the following address or phone number:

Commission on Accreditation
Office of Program Consultation and Accreditation
American Psychological Association
750 First Street, N.E.
Washington, D.C., 20002-4242
(202) 336-5979


It is the intention of the Navy Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology to follow the APPIC Postdoctoral Selection Guidelines.


The Navy’s Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Psychology is located at the Naval Medical Center, Portsmouth, Virginia. The fellowship consists of an intensive twelve-month period of clinical, didactic, and leadership training.

The fellowship provides the foundation for practice within the military mental health system yet is sufficiently broad to prepare the fellow for advanced practice in diverse non-military clinical settings. Furthermore, this program prepares the fellow for licensure as a psychologist in the state of his/her choosing, and is conducive to attaining of Board Certification in Clinical Psychology.

Prior military experience is not a requirement or expectation for applicants. Most applicants have no prior military experience. Applicants do not have to be in the military to apply and there is no military service obligation unless an applicant is selected for the fellowship.

Applicants who are selected for the fellowship are commissioned as Lieutenants in the Medical Service Corps and serve a total of 4 years on active duty: 1 year as a postdoctoral fellow and 3 years as a staff psychologist.

  • US Citizenship (dual citizens must agree to relinquish non-US citizenship if selected for the fellowship)

  • Age Limit: No more than 41 years of age at the time of commissioning (typically in June or July of the year in which the fellowship starts).

  • Applicants will have completed all requirements for the doctoral degree (including dissertation and doctoral internship) before attending Officer Development School (30 Aug – 2 Oct 2020) and starting the Fellowship on 5 Oct 2020.

  • Doctoral program and doctoral internship must be APA-accredited.

  • The fellowship program gives careful consideration to all available information about each applicant and selects fellows on a competitive basis without regard to race, sex, religion, creed, color, or national origin (Article 1164 Navy Regulations).

  • Given the predominantly adult focus of our training, and of Navy Psychology in general, we specifically seek applicants with training experiences that are primarily generalist clinical assessment and psychotherapy work with adults. However, though not specifically necessary, the experience of working with a child/adolescent population is also recognized as valuable in the overall training of a generalist clinician, even when the clinician will work primarily with adults. The program prefers that at least 80% of an applicant’s clinical training be with an adult population, while up to 20% of practicum and internship experience with a child/adolescent population would be considered acceptable. Experience with adults with major psychopathology is desirable but not mandatory. Applicants with minimal experience with adults, or with adult experience only in narrowly focused specialty areas such as neuropsychological assessment, would be at a significant disadvantage in our program.

  • Competitive applicants should have most of their clinical experience with a clinically broad range of adult patients. (Neuropsychology, health psychology, and child psychology experience is welcome but should not have been the focus of graduate school training).

  • Other Requirements: Applicants must meet medical and security qualifications for commissioning as a U.S. Navy Medical Service Corps officer. This part of the application is completed with the assistance of a Navy Medical Programs Officer Recruiter. (See below).


Number of Positions: Varies annually, usually 3-5

Full Time: All fellowship positions are full-time.

Salary (Fiscal Year 2019: Most recent available):

Low Salary: $75,023.88; High Salary: $77,759.88*

*"Low salary" reflects pay and allowances for a post doc fellow without dependents (i.e., spouse and/or children). "High salary" reflects pay and allowances for a post doc fellow with dependents. Housing allowance (included in total salary above) is non-taxable.


Deadline for Application: 6 January 2020 (See below for additional information about the application process).

Officer Development School (Newport, RI): Five-week orientation course attended prior to starting the Fellowship 30 August – 2 October 2020

Fellowship Start Date: 5 October 2020


Applicants must work with a Navy Medical Programs Officer Recruiter to submit their Fellowship application. The application includes a medical evaluation and security clearance to determine eligibility for commissioning as a naval officer. This process can take several months to complete. Applicants should initiate contact with a Navy Medical Programs Officer Recruiter before 1 October 2019 to allow sufficient time to complete the application before the deadline. Any application initiated after 1 November would require consultation with the Navy National Training Director (CAPT David E. Jones, (757) 953-1706 or david.e.jones196.mil@mail.mil).

To locate the Medical Programs Officer Recruiter nearest you:

  • Go to www.navy.com/careers/healthcare, click on “Find a Recruiter” and type in your zip code. Click on "Officer Recruiter."(Ask specifically to speak with a Medical Programs Officer Recruiter. Not all recruiting offices have a Medical Programs Officer Recruiter. If the office you contact does not, they can connect you with the one nearest to you).
  • Or contact:

In addition to information needed to determine an individual’s suitability for commissioning as a naval officer, applicants must submit the following documents via their recruiter:

  1. Resume/CV
  2. Doctoral program transcript
  3. Three letters of recommendation from doctoral-level psychologists familiar with the applicant’s clinical competency
  4. Letters of Good Standing from internship Training Director and doctoral program Director of Clinical Training. (Applicants who have completed the doctoral degree and are not yet licensed should submit proof of graduation in lieu of Letter of Good Standing.)


The fellowship is designed to provide the “generalist” clinician advanced with skills across a broad array of professional competencies. It is based on an intensive, full-time period of clinical, didactic, and leadership experiences. The program emphasizes the assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), depression, traumatic brain injury (TBI), chronic pain, family issues, and substance/alcohol abuse. It also provides an orientation to severe mental health conditions requiring inpatient psychiatric treatment within a military medical facility. Evidence-based practice is emphasized throughout the training program.

A unique aspect of the training experience is exposure to the practice of clinical psychology in operational settings. Fellows spend several days aboard a Navy ship working with the ship’s psychologist and visit a Marine or Navy SEAL base where other Navy psychologists practice.

The program also prepares the fellow to become a clinical leader. Clinical leadership involves the ability to evaluate existing clinical programs, develop new programs, provide effective supervision of other practitioners, and organize resources so that clinical and administrative objectives can be met.

Navy Psychologists are a diverse group of men and women. At Naval Medical Center Portsmouth, a significant percentage of the core supervisory faculty members are minority psychologists. It is an important part of the fellowship program’s mission to continue to increase minority representation at the training site and in the broader Navy psychology community. The training faculty is committed to providing comprehensive education and training in diversity issues. They view diversity education as a life-long process that does not end when formal training is over.

Additional information about the fellowship can be found in the training manual here.

Interviews: An in-person interview is required.

Interviews will be conducted at NMC, Portsmouth, Va. 7 and 8 January 2020. Selected applicants will be contacted via phone or email by the Training Director to schedule an interview. Point-of-Contact regarding interviews:

Commander Michael Franks, Psy.D., ABPP 
Psychology Training Director
Navy Medical Center
Portsmouth, VA

Office: 757-953-6730; Front Desk: (757) 953-7641

Alternate dates for interviews can be arranged.


All benefits and allowances due a Navy officer including: health and dental coverage for self and dependents, Thrift Savings Plan, Life Insurance, access to Commissary, Navy Exchange department stores, all moving expenses paid, use of world-class gymnasiums and other recreational facilities.



Commander Michael Franks, Psy.D., ABPP 
Psychology Training Director
Navy Medical Center
Portsmouth, VA

Office: 757-953-6730
Front Desk: (757) 953-7641


David Jones, Ph.D. 
National Director, Navy Psychology
Training and Recruitment Programs
Walter Reed National Military Medical Center
Bethesda, Maryland